Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Broadcom, Cheniere, Gilead, Microchip Tech, Twitter, Lennar, Bankrate and Many More

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Stocks were indicated slightly lower on Wednesday, although a 20-point Dow drop and three-point S&P 500 retreat are hardly worth getting down in the dumps about. After all, the Dow is still above 20,000 and the S&P 500 remains within striking distance of the 2,300 level. Despite this bull market being eight years old, investors keep finding new reasons to buy every sell-off. Those same investors are also looking for new and overlooked opportunities. And there is still a path for DJIA 21,422 later in 2017 or in early 2018.

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Most of the following featured analyst calls include some color, and Thomson Reuters was used for consensus analyst price target data. These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Wednesday, February 8, 2017:

Broadcom Ltd. (NASDAQ: AVGO) was maintained as a Top Pick (official Outperform rating) and the price target was raised to $225 from $200 at RBC Capital Markets. Broadcom’s 52-week trading range is $114.25 to $207.40, and it has a consensus analyst target price of $216.23.

Cheniere Energy Inc. (NYSEMKT: LNG) was started with an Outperform rating at Wells Fargo. Cheniere was down 1.4% at $47.81 on Tuesday, in a 52-week range of $23.74 to $50.53 and with a consensus price target of $51.30.

Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) was last indicated down 7% at $68.03 after earnings and guidance left a lot of room for disappointment to creep in despite a serious value here. Gilead was maintained as Buy at Jefferies, but the firm cut the price target to $83 from $93 (versus a $73.13 prior close). Citi downgraded Gilead to Neutral from Buy and cut the target price to $76 from $87. Gilead’s 52-week range is $69.78 to $103.10, so mark this up as a 52-week low.

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) was raised to Strong Buy at Needham and the price target was raised to $100 from $75 (versus a $69.92 prior close). Microchip Tech was indicated up 8% at $75.35, as acquisitions are helping boost its earnings, in a prior 52-week range of $39.01 to $69.73. The consensus target price was $71.81.

Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) was up 1.8% at $18.26 on Tuesday and was indicated up 2.1% at $18.65 on Wednesday. Twitter was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $25 price target (versus an $18.26 close) at BTIG. Twitter has a 52-week range of $13.73 to $25.25, and it has a consensus price target of $16.32.

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Other key analyst calls were seen in the following: